The C-SPAN Bus is on a "Southern Swing," traveling for eight weeks through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Partnering with Cable ONE, C-SPAN's award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized Bus will visit Bonham Middle School and Crockett Middle School on February 27 to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials.
Through interactive kiosks and demonstrations aboard the Bus, visitors will learn about C-SPAN's in-depth coverage of the American political process and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org – an extensive video library containing close to 250,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes, dating back to 1987. In addition, Bus visitors will be invited to share their thoughts on what it means to be an American for C-SPAN's "Voices from the Road" project.
"We are excited for the opportunity to meet, engage and share our resources with residents along our 'Southern Swing' and hear from people about what being an American means to them," said Heath Neiderer, C-SPAN Marketing Manager. "Some of the cities on this tour haven't seen our C=SPAN Bus in many years. We hope they enjoy their experience aboard our interactive mobile classroom and discover new ways of keeping well-informed."
Aboard the high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus you'll find:
- Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
- A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
- A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
- A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN's unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
- A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their C-SPAN Bus experiences through social media
Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation visiting schools and community events in partnership with C-SPAN's cable and satellite providers. Bus visitors engage with C-SPAN representatives and interactive tools to learn about the unique public affairs programming and online resources such as C-SPAN Classroom – the network's free membership service for teachers and students.
"We are delighted to partner with C-SPAN and bring this interactive, educational experience to Odessa's public schools," said Dave Williams, General Manager of Cable ONE Odessa. "This will be a high-impact event for Bonham and Crockett Middle School students."
EVENTS (press invited):
Wednesday, February 27
9-11 a.m. - Bonham Middle School
2201 E 21st Street, Odessa, TX 79761
Bus will be parked in front of the school
1:30-3:30 p.m.-Crockett Middle School
2301 Conover Avenue, Odessa, TX 79763
Bus parked on North side of school
In Odessa, C-SPAN programming is provided by Cable ONE as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 78 and C-SPAN2 on channel 79 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. Funding for C-SPAN operations, including C-Span Bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite TV providers.
Media can access photos and videos of the new C-SPAN Bus online here for reporting purposes. Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus on Twitter and Instagram @cspanbus and online at C-SPAN.org/community.
About C‐SPAN: Marking its 40th anniversary in 2019, C-SPAN was created by the cable TV industry and is carried in more than 90 million TV households. C‐SPAN programs three commercial-free public affairs television networks; C‐ SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an app; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming.
About Cable ONE: Cable ONE is a leading broadband communications provider serving more than 800,000 residential and business customers in 21 states. Cable ONE provides consumers with a wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including high-speed internet and advanced Wi-Fi solutions, cable television and phone service. Cable ONE Business provides scalable and cost-effective products for businesses ranging in size from small to mid-market, in addition to enterprise, wholesale and carrier customers.
C-SPAN Contact: Doug Hemmig 301-539-9070 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cable ONE Contact: Dave Williams 225-678-7811 email@example.com